Murder and the Power to Play God in Literature Analytical Essay by JPWrite

Murder and the Power to Play God in Literature
Examines this theme in four works by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Truman Capote, Naguib Mahfouz and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
# 66546 | 1,432 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2006 | US

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This paper examines four books, namely: "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky, "News of a Kidnapping" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, "The Thief and the Dogs" by Naguib Mahfouz and Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood". The paper discusses the conclusion from all four books that murder is primarily based on man's innate desire to have power over others, or in other words, to "play God".

From the Paper:

"Influenced by the meek, Christian prostitute Sonia, Raskolnikov confronts irrational behavior and ultimately confesses. The antagonist within Crime and Punishment is Porfiry Petrovich, a police investigator, who knows of Raskolnikov's guilt. It is also in Svidrigailov, who commits suicide, that Raskolnikov sees his own potential for total degradation. It takes the whole length of the novel for Raskolnikov to search for the motive of his crime. And it is in murdering the pawnbroker that he has killed essentially the human in himself and truly become, in his mind, "God-like"."

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